One of the highlights of my year is the PhotoPlus International Expo + Conference, held in New York City. This is the 30th Anniversary of the show, which is being held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from 10/23-10/26, 2013 (trade show runs from 10/24-10/26). Over the last 20+ years I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of the event in many ways, from being an attendee (like most of the 20,000+ people who are expected to attend this year), as an exhibitor, as a speaker and as a member of the Press. All of the experiences have contributed to my love for photography and my overall education. It’s also been a place where I’ve met and have had a chance to catch up with many of the people whom I respect and with whom I’ve become good friends.
Quick Review: PhotoPlus Mobile App
This year, the company who runs the Expo built a new app for iOS, Android, Blackberry and other Smartphones to make the experience of finding everything at the show a lot easier. I downloaded the iOS version for my iPhone and found it fast, easy to navigate and extremely useful. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to go to the main website in the past and hunt around to find the trade show hours, or information about the Keynotes, seminars, special events, etc. The fact that all the exhibitors are listed both alphabetically and by product category (with their booth number just under their name) is fantastic, and you can even press the star in the top left of just about any page to add it to your Favorites (a list of Favorites will then be visible on the page for each category (Exhibitors, Seminars, Special Events, etc.), as well as under the Star on the main page of the app (you can find it just under Special Events)).
There is even an option to view “Exhibitors with Show Specials,” and if you click through, the specific show special will be listed. If you are really organized, you can press the “Add to Agenda” button on any exhibitor page to bring up a calendar where you can insert the item into whatever time slot and on whatever date you choose.
To download the PhotoPlus Mobile App, visit this page: https://app.photoplusexpo.com/landing/
Quick Tip for Testing Lenses and Cameras at the Show
The ability to see different papers, print processes, try out different cameras, lenses and other equipment on the show floor are main reasons why many people come to the show, and I highly recommend bringing a few extra SD and/or CF cards to put in any cameras that you’d like to test out. Also have a safe and dust-free place for your current lens to go while you are testing a lens (or better yet, just keep a body cap on your lens, and place it in a small zipper bag to keep dust at a minimum while you are testing lenses).
Below are articles with my “First Day Impressions” and “Second Day Impressions” from last year’s show (Oct. 2012).Â The vast majority of the companies listed in the articles below will be there again this year, so this information can be very useful for planning your walk through the trade show.
And here are links to two more articles from past shows:
As in the past, Iâ€™ll be posting my thoughts and sharing photos from the show floor on Facebook and Twitter. I will also be sharing links to information like booth presentation schedules from different exhibitors. The amount of information you can learn at the talks happening on the show floor is truly incredible. You can keep updated by â€œLikingâ€ my page here and/or by following me on Twitter here.
Enjoy the show, and if you see me running around the show floor, please say hi!
Hello and happy almost end of Summer! The very cold weather is not something I’m looking forward to, but that’s for another blog post and season! It’s been a while since I’ve announced my workshops here on ImagingBuffet.com (I often announce them on my Facebook Page at facebook.com/andrewdarlow and on Twitter at twitter.com/andrewdarlow if you’d like to connect).
Even though I mentioned it on Facebook and Twitter, I wanted to make sure that I tell everyone here about the “early bird” offers that will expire at midnight tonight for two of my upcoming workshops in Long Island, New York on Sat/Sun November 9 and 10, 2013. I’ve been doing similar workshops on Lightroom and Printing for many years, and I look forward to sharing many of the new tools and features that can be found in Adobe’s Lightroom 5, as well as many of my “tried and true” printing and “screen to print” color matching secrets. If you are unsure at this time whether you are free on either of those dates, there’s no risk becauseÂ Â a 100% refund is given for cancellations made by 10/10/2013 (50% by 11/3 or 11/4 depending on which workshop you reserve).
WORKSHOP TITLES AND LINKS
Monday, 9/9 is the last day to save over 20% on my 2.5 hr. workshop: “Lightroom Printing Techniques for In-Home/In-Studio & Pro Lab Printers” being held from 2-4:30pm on 11/9/2013. See the link below for a full description or to register: https://www.longislandphotogallery.com/proddetail.php?prod=2013-DARLOW1
and Monday, 9/9 is also the last day to save $20 on my upcoming full-day workshop: “Using Lightroom for Inkjet Printing and Color Management,” at the same location in Long Island on Sunday 11/10/2013.
See the link below for a full description or to register:
If you have any questions about whether these workshops might be right for you, or if you would like to inquire about me speaking for your photo-related organization, please contact me here: